ALPA 12 FPS - focal plane shutter camera/module with electronically controlled focal plane shutter, with 2 batteries, charger, front-/back protection covers, movements integrated: none or depending on third party lens, adapter or with a shiftable ALPA 12 body and ALPA lenses; with corresponding adapters tilt or swing movements of up to 5 degrees are possible with lenses in the correct tube, without hand grip.
The ALPA 12 FPS is probably the most astounding mirrorless medium-format camera for digital backs. It offers an integrated and electronically controlled focal-plane shutter, runs with extremely low vibrations, and has the fastest exposure time of 1/4000 sec. It is also possible to use mechanical and electronic leaf shutters – installed in the lens – for particularly short flash synchronization speed. This opens up a whole range of lenses, from the brand new to the tried and tested, of different manufacture and design, to be used with the ALPA 12 FPS which thus allows the direct use of the respective properties and specific characters of the individual optics. A constantly growing selection of ALPA precision adapters with and without adjustment mechanisms allows the use of the FPS in the most varied photographic areas. A single-camera can now be used at the highest possible level for taking situations from macro to landscape, from repro to architecture, or from photo-reportage to studio work.
Further exceptional properties and features of the ALPA 12 FPS, which may even be unique on their own or in combination include electronic aperture control, remote control, wide range exposure bracketing, multiple exposures, simple user interface, flexible programmability, continuous expansion of functions through uploadable firmware and much, much more. Only a short time ago, photographers could only dream of a camera with these options – this dream has now become reality with the ALPA 12 FPS.
The ALPA 12 FPS (focal plane shutter) opens the door into a new dimension: from the modular camera platform to the open toolbox. The ALPA 12 FPS acts as a shutter module when used together with another ALPA 12 camera. However, it is also an independent camera when combined on its own with a back, a lens, and a suitable adapter. This flexibility opens up the use of brand-new or fond old lenses from dozens of different optical systems manufacturers – with or without a central shutter and with or without manual or electronic aperture control. Plus, a free choice of format is only limited by the lens’s image circles and sensor sizes.
The ALPA Silex Mk II is the modularized “brain” of the ALPA 12 FPS without the focal plane shutter. This control element shares the numerous functionalities of the ALPA 12 FPS. Together with the ALPA Electronic Lens adapter (ELA), all ALPA Lens Modules can be operated identically on all standard ALPA bodies. It can control the Sinar/Leica/Rodenstock eShutter 125 and 250.
The ALPA 12 FPS and Silex Mk II open up the field of shift/tilt/swing/stitch in a wide range of variants and with the corresponding accessories to a whole new world which had previously hardly been possible, if at all. A continuously expandable firmware controls the whole system in a concept that includes all previous ALPA 12 models, many lenses, and almost all digital backs produced in the past ten years. A previously unknown variety of possibilities and combinations is opened up – a toolbox that the user can equip and utilize according to their own needs or while using already existing tools.